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Self Catheterization and bladder infections

Hello Just was wondering if any other men who self Catheterize have any problems with bladder infections? My husband has had one twice now within a 2 month time period. He uses gloves and everything to do it. Wanting to see if anyone has any tips for him. He has had blood in his urine both times with it.

Thanks for your time

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Yes I have been plagued with infections since cathertizing. Latest infection let to discovery I have one functioning kidney and the other was in distress. Inserted a stent and seems to be improving so far. Check with your urologist to see if a kidney scan is warranted. Best wishes.

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Thank-you so much for your help and we'll definitely be asking about this.

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Ditto here with Kidney/Stent(s).

Good Luck and Good Health.

J-o-h-n Saturday 07/07/2018 11:14 AM EDT


I use generic Hibiclens available in most drug stores. It has Chlorohexadine in 4% solution. At CVS it is called "Antiseptic skin cleanser". I clean the area before catheterizing including the ball sack, and I wear latex gloves. My urologist gave me a prescription for an antibiotic that I use when I need it. Also, my urologist does checks for bacteria in my urine with a "clean catch" urine. Good luck with your catheterizing.

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I was diagnosed with State 4 Prostate Cancer in Feb. 2018. Prior to diagnosis, I stopped outputting urine and had to go to the emergency room to have my bladder drained and a Foley catheter inserted. The Foley was intolerable, it pulled whenever I moved and was painful all the time. I went to my Urologist and he strongly recommended I have the Foley removed and start catheterizing myself.

I have now catheterized several hundred times and have never had an infection (4x per day for 5 months (150 days). A good friend, a retired Oncologist, recommended the following procedure. Neither he nor I ever had an infection in 6+ months.

Materials (if you need specifics on materials, let me know):

-Exam gloves

-BZK antiseptic towelettes

-Iodine swabsticks

-Bard Magic3 catheter (important)


-Sterile Non-adherent Pad 3 x 3 inches

Procedure: (sounds like a lot, but once used to it, takes a few minutes.)

-Sterilize counter where materials will be placed using Clorox wipes once a day.

Let the counter dry.

-Wash hand thoroughly.

-Open the sterile non-adherent pad and place it on the counter.

-Put a dash of Surgilube on the sterile non-adherent pad. Never touch the surface of the pad.

-Put on exam gloves

-Using a BZK antiseptic towelette, wipe gloves thoroughly, both sides, fingers, between fingers

-Use an iodine swabstick on the head of the penis (no, you don’t feel any sting or discomfort.)

-Use a second BZK antiseptic towelette on the head of the penis to remove excess iodine

-Prepare the BARD Magic3 catheter (split lube package inside, tip package back and forth). Open package and remove the catheter by the green sleeve on the outside of the catheter. Never, ever let the catheter touch any surface, object.

-Pick up the sterile non-adherent pad by the corner, then slide the tip of the catheter back and forth through the lube (from tip back 3 – 4 inches).

-Holding the green sleeve on the catheter, insert it into the head of the penis and slowly move the catheter up through the penis into the bladder by holding the green sleeve and moving it up the catheter as it is inserted.





Larry aka - Griz Bear

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